This terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side…

On the one hand: There’s some great things about being a parent. Like when your kids look up at you, smile, and spontaneously hug you, just because they love you.
On the other hand: There’s some hard things about being a parent. Like last night, when our two eldest children had alternating nightmares until 3am. Which left me with about three hours sleep, total.
Still, I think the good easily outweighs the bad…Pygmy Hippo Chews Grass
On the one hand: There’s some great things about being a freelance journalist. Like being able to take the day off (as I did today) and take the kids to Taronga Zoo for six hours. Perhaps not the brightest move after three hours sleep, but the kids had fun, and I got to watch a Pygmy Hippo chew grass. I like Hippos, in case you hadn’t noticed.
On the other hand: The work still has to be done, and editors don’t accept waffle about Pygmy Hippos in the excuse column. Consequently, I’m sitting here quite late at night, frantically catching up on work, and still not sleeping…
This is a tougher one to judge. I wonder at what point sleep deprivation induces hallucinations that write the features for you?

About the author

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.


  1. I agree on all fronts, having changed my son’s bed clothes three times last night – you can guess why – then spending the day with him so we can both get over it, and enjoying all the hugs and being constantly delighted by his obsession with books.
    Finding him reading one of his Dad’s text’s on calculus was a high point – he points and giggles as though he understands perfectly all the squiggles.

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